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Wah Before or After Fuzz?

Q: Should I place my wah pedal before or after my fuzz box in my guitar signal chain?

A: The answer depends on the result you’re after. Placing the fuzz in front of the wah results in a more intense wah effect, because the fuzz increases the amount of harmonic material the wah filter has to work on. Placing the fuzz after the wah will tend to reduce how dramatic the wah sounds, but may result in frequency peaks in the fuzz tone as the wah is swept. Try it both ways, and see which you like better.

In some cases, with vintage pedals, there may be buffer issues that require one pedal be placed in front of the other for optimum sound or to prevent squealing and other noise problems.

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